Elizabeth & Keith Hall (back) with Delores Bailey.
By Carl Stagner
The pastor of Shady Grove Church of God in Meridian, Mississippi, kept leading her congregation for five-and-a-half years. Others might have opted to let up, slow down, or quit altogether, but Delores Bailey wasn’t going to let cancer get the best of her. She had a divine calling on her life to go and preach the gospel, regardless of the circumstances. Her cancer journey was no cakewalk, but neither were the journeys of people all around her living without Jesus. She had peace; others within her reach needed that same peace. The day before she began her last hospital stay, only one week before she breathed her last, she led two teens to Christ. Her deteriorating condition wouldn’t allow her to baptize these new believers, but as Providence would have it, Delores’s bold witness would continue to give life beyond her own. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Southeast
Tagged baptism, baptize, baptized, cancer, clergy women, clergywomen, death, Delores Bailey, Give Life, hospital, Keith Hall, memorial, Meridian, Mississippi, MS, New Life, salvation, saved, Shady Grove Church of God, sickness, tribute, woman pastor, women pastors
By Lillie S. McCutcheon
God, our great Creator, designed creation with a purpose. The Scriptures proclaim, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev 4:11). Human beings are the crown of creation, made in God’s likeness; and God made them male and female. Continue reading
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Tagged calling, clergy women, clergywoman, egalitarian, egalitarianism, female, female pastors, From the Archives, Lillie McCutcheon, Vital Christianity, woman pastor, women in ministry, women pastors
The Church of God group represented at the conference.
By Carron Odokara
The Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy (WHWC) organization held its biennial conference in April at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. Amid the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, over 300 women and men gathered to worship, learn, and be revived. The conference welcomed the Church of God (Anderson), Brethren in Christ, the Free Methodist Church, the Church of the Nazarene, the Wesleyan Church, and other groups. These faith groups came together under the banner of Jesus Christ to celebrate the biblical foundations of gender equality being fully lived out across the church as women and men lead together, following their holy callings. Continue reading
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Tagged Alanna Story, Carron Odokara, CO, Colorado, denominations, ecumenical, Jesus Is the Subject, Jim Lyon, renewal, retreat, Rocky Mountains, unity, Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy, WHWC, woman pastor, women clergy, women in ministry